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Nov
14
comment What is the communications range of a standard Starfleet combadge?
@Mohair - They communicate at the range of plot. ;-)
Nov
7
comment Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?
Great answer. :-) While I get that they were working in a visual medium and Tolkien was working in a verbal medium, just disregarding his very clear descriptions (and drawings!) of Smaug is just...breathtaking. Rather than looking at Cumberbatch's performance and saying "Yeah, he needs to have two legs," perhaps the director could have directed Cumberbatch to portray the dragon as described?
Oct
29
revised What is this sci-fi film involving a time/teleportation machine and a boy in a spacesuit
add timeframe and Wikipedia link
Oct
29
suggested approved edit on What is this sci-fi film involving a time/teleportation machine and a boy in a spacesuit
Oct
2
comment Why didn't Kes send Voyager home?
@HamSandwich - Just another example of the ship travelling at the speed of plot, but on a series level. (E.g.: Not as far wouldn't have been as dramatic; further would have ended the show.)
Sep
20
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
19
suggested rejected edit on What's the origin of the trope where *healthy* immortality is a cause for sadness?
Sep
16
comment What's the origin of the trope where *healthy* immortality is a cause for sadness?
@NKCampbell - Answers to that one won't answer this one, so...to me that's different.
Sep
16
comment What is the origin of the “being immortal sucks” trope?
@gbjbaanb - And the Greeks may well have just been the first to write them down... :-)
Sep
16
comment What's the origin of the trope where *healthy* immortality is a cause for sadness?
@user14111 - The Wandering Jew is a very interesting contender, thank you. I think we can wave away the aspect that in theory, he's only immortal until the Second Coming. ;-)
Sep
16
revised What's the origin of the trope where *healthy* immortality is a cause for sadness?
clarify about punishment
Sep
16
comment What's the origin of the trope where *healthy* immortality is a cause for sadness?
@user14111 - Re your first comment: Oh, good point, I'd better clarify that.
Sep
16
asked What's the origin of the trope where *healthy* immortality is a cause for sadness?
Sep
16
comment What is the origin of the “being immortal sucks” trope?
"...when love must die..."
Sep
8
awarded  Yearling
Jul
22
comment What was the short TV mini-movie in the 1970s where a college student restores a old car and then goes back in time in it
@JoelA.Seely - If this is the correct answer, please accept the answer. :-)
Jul
19
comment Why is Leia a princess?
@AndrewJ.Brehm - And you will find in both cases there are specific rules, not some vague "comes from a princely family."
Jul
18
comment What is this green alien supposed to be on the American covers of the “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”?
I was fairly bummed I missed Big Hero through Big Hero 5. But Big Hero 6 worked reasonably well as a stand-alone film.
Jul
13
comment Why is Leia a princess?
@AndrewJ.Brehm - I took it (understandably, I think, given the context) that you were using Prince Philip to support your "If she comes from a princely family, she is a princess." premise (which is false in the real world in any of the significant royal systems, I believe; of course, the SW world may be different). If you meant him just as an example of a prince/princess not being the child of a king or queen, then fair enough. :-) (He's the grandson of a king, but his father was never king, having multiple elder brothers.)
Jul
10
comment Why is Leia a princess?
@AndrewJ.Brehm - The Duke of Edinburgh is not Prince Philip because he comes from and married into princely families. He's Prince Philip only because Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted him that title on Feb 22nd, 1957, via Letters Patent. From March 1947 until then, he was not Prince Philip, having renounced his previous Greek and Danish titles to marry Her Majesty. (citation) It's not some vague entitlement. It's a very specific and structured thing.